Coronavirus: No new community COVID-19 cases ahead of alert level decision

There are no new cases of COVID-19 in the community, the Ministry of Health says, while there are six in managed isolation.

The six cases in MIQ came to New Zealand between March 4 and 9, with four from India, one from Brazil and one from Japan. Each of these cases were caught at either 0, 3 or 5 day testing, which underscores "the value of having early testing in place".

"All people arriving into New Zealand must remain in their rooms until those day 0/1 tests results come back," the ministry says.

"It's also not uncommon to see some of these cases reclassified as historical cases, which are not infectious. This is why we are continuing to publish the cumulative number of historical cases, as below."

Since January 1, there have been 37 historical cases out of a total of 249 cases.

The ministry says all contacts of an air crew member who tested positive earlier this week have tested negative, with just three results still pending.

One of New Zealand's previously reported cases has now recovered, taking our active case total to 85. Overall, Aotearoa has recorded 2060 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

"The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,801,771. On Wednesday, 6,448 tests were processed. The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 7,167 tests processed per day."

"NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,745,999 registered users. Poster scans have reached 215,893,872 and users have created 8,384,868 manual diary entries. There have been 1,469,320 scans in the last 24 hours."

The news of no new community cases comes ahead of Cabinet meeting later on Thursday to decide whether Auckland will shift down to alert level 1. An announcement about that decision will come on Friday. The City of Sails and wider Auckland region has been at alert level 2 since Sunday morning, after shifting out of its seven-day lockdown.